April 19, 2012
Last weeks’ National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference had a very interesting session – Interactive Communication Technologies: The Future is Now. In this session, led by National Council’s Mike Lardiere, David Gustafson of University of Wisconsin-Madison and I were the panelists in a review of five emerging new treatment technologies – ACHESS, Vignet, M3Clinician, HealthSim, and Cobalt Therapeutics.
Addiction CHESS Project (ACHESS) – ACHESS is based on the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS), and is developing and testing a smartphone-based relapse-prevention system to help alcohol dependent patients by providing communication with peer support groups, addiction experts, timely monitoring, reminders and alerts, and one-touch communication with a care manager.
Vignet– Vignet’s mHealth platform for “personalized medicine” connects multiple devices, allowing “users to capture, aggregate, analyze and share data with their mobile devices, leveraging any wired or wireless interface,” aggregating that information on an applications server (i.e. the cloud) and redistributing as requested. This allows consumers to better manage all aspects of their care, including a mental health, substance abuse, medication management, and wellness programs.
M3 Clinician –m3clinician.com is a web portal used to screen patients for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as alcohol and substance use and provides individualized patient assessment geared toward early detection, placing individuals on the clinical scale based on their diagnosis. Because the tool is web-based, this enables easier communication among all the health care professionals involved in an individual’s care; this is particularly useful for a care team in a medical home environment.
HealthSim Therapeutic Education System (TES) – TES is an interactive, computer-based system that provides behavioral training to individuals in substance abuse treatment. Training includes over 70 topics such as effective problem solving, drug refusal skills, and how to identify and manage triggers for risky drug use.
Cobalt Therapeutics – Cobalt Therapeutics provides online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for consumers with mental health issues through the use of online interactive videos and software applications delivered via computer and web interfaces. This on-demand service is available for those who have limited access to a professional and seek therapy for insomnia, depression, drug and alcohol use, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
These new treatment platforms are just five of literally hundreds of new tech-enabled treatment and consumer support technologies just coming to market. The question is – which one will work best for your organization? Stand by for the answer to that question in tomorrow’s briefing. And, if you want more on all of these technologies in one place, join OPEN MINDS Senior Associate Aida Porras for her presentation, From Text Messaging To Avitars: Tools For Aftercare & Consumer Support Services, at the 2012 Technology & Informatics Institute on October 17 in Baltimore.
Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS
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